The Passion Museum

The Passion Museum, housed in the Church of Santa Marta’s apse and sacristy, was inaugurated in August 2005. The proposed layout is aimed to show objects as witnesses of the time, but mostly as vehicles to tell people’s stories.

A Museum made by People, not only by findings and roles. During their tour, visitors can admire documents regarding the history of the Passion of Sordevolo, a collection of videos, pictures, texts and object testifying the glorious past of this sacred representation of folk theatre.

The Associazione Teatro Popolare di Sordevolo wanted to create this museum to never forget the tradition.
The Passion’s history exposed in this museum represents the heart of the town of Sordevolo, told with the simplicity of those who take part in the folk theatre at a level which involves the artistic sense, as well as people deep in their very soul. It is not an occasional event in the inhabitants’ lives, but rather an Event, a Happening in the fullest and deepest meaning of the word, a moment in life that engages and animates the whole community of Sordevolo.

This is our Passion of Sordevolo’s real success.

The Church of Santa Marta

The oldest data regarding the Church of Santa Marta report its existence back in 1563. It is a one-nave building with six lateral chapels and the confraternity’s oratory placed behind the high altar.

Of high value are the wooden sculptures of the choir stalls, dating back to the end of the XVII century, especially the prior’s chair. Right here in the confreres’ choir room, after a long and expert restoration work, two extremely important paintings both from 1600 have been relocated.

The picture on the partition wall between the church and the choir, signed by the roman painter Girolamo Marinelli, depicts Mary with Child Jesus sit on a throne enriched by drapes, while two angels hold above her head the royal crown. Under the throne are depicted Sant’Ambrogio and Santa Marta.